DODDS-Europe AD Seadore among Frankfurt HS Hall of Fame class

The historic DODDS school’s Hall will hold its third annual induction ceremony this weekend in Atlanta.

DODDS-Europe athletic director Karen Seadore is among the 2014 inductees into the Frankfurt American High School Sports Hall of Fame, an organization that honors standout athletes and coaches from the closed school’s storied athletics program. This year’s induction ceremony, the Hall’s third annual, is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, in Atlanta, Ga.

“It’s absolutely incredible that our alumni thought to put this together and made these efforts to recognize the players and coaches,” Seadore said. “It’s certainly a great honor to have been selected.”

FAHS was one of the first American high schools established in Germany after World War II. It closed in 1995, counting Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf and actress Julianne Moore among its prominent alumni alongside dozens of athletic standouts and successful coaches.

The FAHS Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 2012, according to a press release issued by executive director Carlos Quinones, “to identify and honor those who have distinguished themselves in athletics and who, in so doing, have contributed to the pride and prestige” of the school.

Seadore, known then as Karen Snyder, served as athletic director and coached girls basketball and girls volleyball in an FAHS career that spanned from 1985 to the school’s closure a decade later. She led the Eagles to European basketball championships in 1991 and 1994, the latter capping a 21-0 unbeaten season.

Seadore is one of four coaches to be honored this year, joining George Ausra, James Halley and George Kirchner. Twenty-six former FAHS athletes, including West Point graduates John Brophy, Alex Hottell and Ed Weinberg, will also be welcomed into the Hall.

Here is the full list of athlete inductees:

Carl Alexander (1962); Steve Bari (1969); Tito Blount (1992); John Brophy (1975); Willi Brunn (1962); Jay Carpenter (1978); Jerry Davis (1963); John Ellis (1964); David Fedor (1958); Brenda Givens (1977); Floyd Gross (1956); Alex Hottell (1961); Mike MacNaughton (1959); Skip Morris (1986); Michael O’Nan (1961); Don Ransom (1961); Amos Richardson (1990); Larry Richardson (1959); Dan Robinson (1969); Wellington Scott (1980); Bernie Smith (1968); Andrea Sparrow (1994); Doug Stanley (1979); John Van Sickle (1977); Ed Weinberg (1975); Saul Wright (1958).

Saturday soccer tourney will honor late Ramstein grad Seebeck

Twelve local girls soccer teams will gather in Kaiserslautern on Saturday for friendly competition with a higher purpose. The teams, including six DODDS-Europe programs, will participate in the inaugural Josie Seebeck Invitational Tournament, an event commemorating the late Ramstein graduate and Central Michigan University soccer player.

Seebeck, a former Stars and Stripes girls soccer Athlete of the Year, died in August from injuries sustained in a car accident. She was a 19-year-old freshman at CMU, where she played for the Division I Chippewas.

Former Patch wrestler Haas wins conference title, advances to NCAA tournament

The Patch Panthers have a well-deserved reputation for producing European champion wrestlers. But the program isn’t stopping there.

Marshall Haas, a 2011 Patch graduate and sophomore grappler at The Citadel, won the 197-pound bracket at the Southern Conference wrestling championship on Saturday. A newly-crowned conference champion, Haas will now compete at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships set for March 20-22 at Oklahoma City.

DODDS-Europe hopes to beef up umpire ranks with Ramstein clinic

Even as DODDS-Europe baseball and softball teams set their lineups for the spring season, the organization is looking to fill out its roster of umpires to staff those fast-approaching games.

DODDS-Europe head baseball official Andy Benton said there is a “shortage of experienced umpires” in Europe due to a number of seasoned umpires moving out of the area since last spring. Benton said six of the nine umpires who worked last year’s DODDS-Europe baseball championship tournament are gone from the ranks, with only two qualified new additions to replace them.

Picking my All-Saturday girls basketball team

Ali DeFazio of Brussels, left, looks to pass for a teammate against Sigonella's Halie Gaporra in the Division III title game at the DODDS-Europe basketball championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.

There was a lot of talent on the court in Saturday’s three DODDS-Europe girls basketball championship games. Here are the 12 I would pick for my roster from the six finalists. Keep in mind this isn’t intended as a list of the 12 best players, just one reporter’s subjective attempt at putting together a well-rouded and competitive roster. Click here for the boys team.

F Ana-Marija Vasileva, Brussels: Formidable post is endlessly active in the paint, has a radar for offensive rebounds and loose balls and finishes at the basket as well as anyone in DODDS-Europe.

F Catherine Klein, Wiesbaden:The stabilizing force at the heart of the Warriors’ explosive offense. Scores in a variety of ways and keeps the ball moving when it’s not there.

F Emily Campbell, Black Forest Academy: The centerpiece of BFA’s elite defense is also the team’s primary offensive threat and a constant presence on the boards.

G Cierra Martin, Wiesbaden:Among the best all-around players in DODDS-Europe. Can change a game with or without scoring. Above-average athleticism completes the total package.

G Crisheena Rolack, Wiesbaden: The ball-handler, playmaker and outside shooting threat to round out my starting five.

Picking my All-Saturday boys basketball team

There was a lot of talent on the court in Saturday’s three DODDS-Europe boys basketball championship games. Here are the 12 I would pick for my roster from the six finalists. Keep in mind this isn’t intended as a list of the 12 best players, just one reporter’s subjective attempt at putting together a well-rouded and competitive roster. Check back Tuesday for my girls team.

F Kelsey Thomas, Wiesbaden: A do-everything perimeter star to initiate the offense. Unselfish enough to distribute as needed but aggressive enough to score when the opportunity presents itself.

F Brendan Jones, Patch: Not just DODDS-Europe’s deadliest outside shooter. Has developed into a fantastic all-around scorer and playmaker and turns nearly every possession into a quality look.

Patch to host annual holiday boys hoops event

Seven DODDS-Europe boys basketball teams and five international rivals will converge on Stuttgart, Germany, this week for the annual Stuttgart Winter Basketball Tournament.
The DODDS-Europe participants include Division I programs Patch, Kaiserslautern, Lakenheath, and Wiesbaden and Division II entries Baumholder, Bitburg and Black Forest Academy. Though the event is sanctioned by DODDS, the games do not count toward the teams’ regular-season records.
Local German clubs Ludwigsberg, TSV Hafnerhaslach, BSG Vaihingen-Sachsenheim and BC Vaihingen and French school Paris International round out the 12-team field.
The three-day tournament starts at 10 a.m. Thursday, with each team playing two pool games. On Friday, the teams will be slotted into a 12-team championship bracket. The tournament’s semifinals and championship game will be played Saturday, along with consolation games. Each game is slated to last about an hour, with six-minute quarters and a five-minute halftime.
Lakenheath won last year’s tournament, stunning host Patch 41-40 on a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Chris Cedarstaff.
The DODDS-Europe basketball season resumes Friday, Jan. 10.

Former SHAPE star Seiler to play collegiate volleyball

Ashley Seiler, a 2011 All-Europe volleyball star at SHAPE, has signed a letter of intent to play for Casper College, a National Junior College Athletic Association program in Casper, Wyoming.

Seiler recorded 117 kills as a Spartan sophomore in 2011, earning first-team All-Europe and all-tournament team honors while leading SHAPE to a runner-up finish at the Division I European tournament. The 5-foot-11 outside hitter transferred to Cheney High School near Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., prior to her junior year, and is currently in the midst of her senior season.  

The Casper Thunderbirds completed their fall 2013 season last month at 18-19

Ramstein alum Sarah Szybist collects college volleyball honors

Ramstein's Sarah Szybist slams the ball past Patch's Mercedes Deets, left, and Adrianna Callahan in the the Division I final at the 2012 DODDS-Europe volleyball championships in Ramstein, Nov. 3, 2012.

Former Ramstein volleyball star Sarah Szybist recently completed an outstanding freshman season at the college level. The 2013 Ramstein graduate, now an outside hitter at Rochester Institute of Technology, has netted a number of awards in recognition of her collegiate debut, including:  

·       American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III All-America honorable mention

Kaiserslautern senior Dickerson nets NCAA hoops deal

Kaiserslautern senior Alana Dickerson signed her NCAA National Letter of Intent to play basketball at University of Alabama at Huntsville in a ceremony Thursday, Nov. 14 at Kaiserslautern High School.

Kaiserslautern senior Alana Dickerson will enter her final season of DODDS-Europe basketball with  her post-prep future already set.

Dickerson, an All-Europe wing and captain of the defending Division I champion Raiders, has signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her career at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, an  NCAA Division II program.


Gregory Broome is an experienced and accomplished community sports journalist. Officially a native of Iowa, Broome grew up a Department of Defense dependent at sites all over the United States and Germany.

He finally settled in Florida, earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Central Florida.

Broome began his journalism career in in 2004 as a sports writer for the Ocala Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla., covering high school, college and community sports and earning recognition for his work from the Florida Press Club. In 2009 Broome was named the first sports information director at College of Central Florida, an NJCAA member school, where he launched the program's website and social media pages and revamped its promotional and game-day operations.

Broome joined Stars and Stripes in October of 2012.



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Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome talks about the Europe sports scene on AFN Radio. (Click on right arrow to play file)


Mar. 31: Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome highlights the weekend's coverage with Naples' success on multiple fields to include soccer, softball and baseball.

Mar. 24: Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome talks about the DODDS-Europe spring sports season highlighting soccer, softball and baseball.

Feb. 24: Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome rounds up Saturday’s six DODDS-Europe basketball championship games, including a classic Division I duel between Wiesbaden and Patch.